Project Finland's Lines

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  1. User571

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    I was trying to put together projected lines for Finland, but I came up with nothing. Anyone care to give it a shot? So far I've got this:

    Kipprusoff
    Lehtonen
    Toskala
     
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    in all honesty, i don't know enough about all the Finnish players to do this very well, but here goes


    Lehtinen Koivu Selanne
    Hagman Jokinen T. Ruutu
    Nieminen Hahl Eloranta
    Pirnes N. Kapanen Hentunen
    Peltonen J. Ruutu

    Pitkanen Salo
    Berg Numminen
    Lydman Niinimaa
    Timonen Vaananen

    Kiprusoff
    Toskala
    Lehtonen


    did i miss anyone?
     
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    Doing this makes you realize how much they'll miss Sami Kapanen. :cry:

    For the forwards at least:

    Selanne – Koivu – Hagman
    T. Ruutu – Jokinen – Peltonen
    Lehtinen – Laaksonen – N. Kapanen
    Nieminen – Hahl – J. Ruutu
     
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    I doubt Hagman gets out of the pressbox, as he's deffinetly not one of coach Summanen's favorites. Here goes:

    Selänne-Koivu-Lehtinen
    (This line has been dominating in int. competition.Koivu and Selanne have always had great chemistry and Lehts fits perfectly with this line.)

    T. Ruutu-Jokinen-Peltonen
    (This line has great potentional with Jokinen and Ruutu crashing the net and Peltonen setting up scoring chances.)

    Nieminen-N. Kapanen-Hentunen
    (Kapanen and Hentunen (who was probably Finlands best player at the WC's last season) will create havoc in the offensive zone with Nemo annoying the hell out of opponents and making room in front of the net.Sami Kapanen would probably have been on this line had he chosen to play.

    Eloranta-Hahl/Pirnes-J. Ruutu
    This line will be there purely to play psycically and keeps the opponents off the scoresheet.

    Hagman (Whouldn't even have been selected if Tomi Kallio hadn't broken his ankle playing in a charity football match.)


    Timonen-Salo
    Numminen-Niinimaa/Väänänen (Numminen there to cover up Janne's boneheaded mistakes)
    Pitkänen-Lydman
    Berg stays in the pressbox for the entire tournament (please don't let him on the ice!!)

    Kipper (can steal some games for Finland)
    Lehtonen (the future)
    Toskala (along for the ride and ready to play in case of injury.)

    All in all I think Finland has a decent chance of beating the Czech's or Sweden and advancing to the playoff-stage. Germany shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    I would still try if the "Huey-Dewey-Louie" ("Tupu-Hupu-Lupu") line works as previously did. Selänne's last season was not so good so he earns a spot with OJ and Tuomo. I think OJ would even be better fitting center for Teemu.

    Lehtinen - S Koivu - Peltonen
    T Ruutu - Jokinen - Selänne
    Nieminen - N Kapanen - J Ruutu
    Eloranta - Hahl - Hentunen

    M Koivu / Hagman

    Timonen - Salo
    Numminen - Niinimaa
    Pitkänen - Lydman
    Väänänen - Berg
     
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    Pirnes has a sore ankle so Mikko Koivu will replace him.
     
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    Not enough wheels on the 3rd-line and not enough size on the 4th imo. The small tweak you made compared to my top 2-lines could deffinetly work, although I feel Koivu is the guy to help Selanne rediscover his scoring touch. I think Teemu will suprise some people in the tournament.
     
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    Koivu and Peltonen are by far the best playmakers, so I wouldn't put them on the same line.

    Lehtinen - S Koivu - Selänne
    Peltonen - Jokinen - T Ruutu
    Nieminen - Kapanen - Laaksonen
    Eloranta - Hahl - J Ruutu
    Hentunen, bench
    Hagman, press box
    M Koivu, press box

    Timonen - Salo
    Niinimaa - Lydman
    Väänänen - Pitkänen
    Numminen, alternating mostly with Pitkänen
    Berg, press box

    Summanen has said that Lehtonen is set for backup over Toskala for now.
     
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    Finally! Some good news!!
     
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    Just to cover my back, let me specify that he didn't say it word to word, he talked about Kari's role as #2 behind Kiprusoff in World Cup -tähdet, not mentioning Toskala in that light.
     
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    Actually, they can only dress 18 skaters (NHL rules apply for this tournament), so you will have two demote two more to the pressbox.
     
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    Lehtinen - S. Koivu - Selänne
    Peltonen - Jokinen - T. Ruutu
    Nieminen - N. Kapanen - Hentunen
    Laaksonen - Hahl - J. Ruutu

    Timonen - Lydman/Niinimaa (depending on how Janne plays)
    Pitkänen - Salo
    Numminen - Väänänen
     
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    Hmm, let's try another twist on the 1a and 1b theme..

    Ruutu-S.Koivu-Selänne
    Peltonen-Jokinen-Lehtinen (Lehtinen covers up for Peltonen not being NHL qulity?)
    Nieminen-Kapanen-Hentunen
    Laaksonen-Hahl-Ruutu

    Hagman, M Koivu, Eloranta sitting

    Timonen-Väänänen
    Numminen-Pitkänen
    Salo-Lydman

    Berg,Niinimaa in box (Niinimaa most likely to sit as he was only replacment for Karalahti?)

    Kiprusoff
    Lehtonen

    Toskala in stands.

    I think Summanen will investigate a 1-2 like this in training, it'd add a whole new depth of agression into line 1. And then Lehtinen-Peltonen work, and Peltonen-Jokinen works, so trying all 3 on one line.. Lehtinen to dig the puck out, Peltonen to set up, and OJ to score? Sounds like it could work to me.

    Väänänen in first pairing because Summanen might consider adding a bit more physical side to the top pairings.. unlikely to be like that, but this is my idea.. Salo-Lydman have iirc been a pair before. Numminen's defensive smarts to give Pitkänen a very free role, almost like Libero in soccer.
    Plus, if his pairing is on ice same time as Peltonen-Jokinen-Lehtinen, then Pitkänen would add offense to that while Lehtinen would cover up defensively..

    Any thoughts?
     
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